10 Things To Spot at The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

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(Photos by Jill Weinlein)

Put The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns on your Bucket List!  It’s entertaining and unique as you stroll through an area that has 5,000 hand-carved Illuminated Jack O’Lanterns. Some are simple, some are scary, others humorous and award winning. You will laugh and be in awe.

This October through November 1, 2015, The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is displayed in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. I had the opportunity to visit the event at Descanso Gardens, about 25 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. It was fantastic.

IMG_9145We first showed our tickets and walked through Descanso Gardens’ gift shop decked out in Halloween and Fall decor and products. Outside were tables with colorful blinking light devil ears, wands and fun items that kids love to hold and wear in the dark. Adults were buying them too for themselves.

IMG_9127For those hungry – there was a Treat or Treat Depot selling smoked turkey legs, hot dogs, grilled corn on the cobs, Halloween cookies,warm spiced cider, hot chocolate, popcorn, churros and decorated apples.

IMG_91331. Before entering the Jack O’Lanterns we stopped at a work station to watch one of the professional artists/sculptors carved a pumpkin and told us about the variety of tools he uses to get the image he has in mind.

IMG_91412. Next, we walked along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail stopping to take photos, while listening to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE. This year there was a sport theme with a variety of skeleton athletes.

IMG_91443. There is an extra large spider web with a multitude of pumpkin spiders that sure got my attention.

IMG_91534. Look for the larger-than-life animals carved from dozens of jack o’lanterns.

IMG_91485. I really liked the old classic Ford (or was it a Chevy) truck made of pumpkins.

6.  Watch out for the dragon that’s over 50 feet long and contains hundreds of pumpkins carved by a team of artists.

IMG_91577. We laughed at the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Pumpkins.

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8. Taylor Swift fans will enjoy seeing her pumpkin. IMG_9156

9. There is a fantastic underwater theme area with SpongeBob Square Pants, jellyfish and schools of fish.IMG_9169

10. Another impressive collection of Jack O’Lantern’s were the characters from the hit Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. Joy was my favorite.IMG_9181It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to see all of the pumpkins. To learn more about The Rise and to get tickets, click on this link – http://www.therise.org

Los Angeles has two locations this year –

Descanso Gardens – 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Santa Anita Park – 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007

San Diego –

San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

New York –

Located on Long Island at the Westbury Gardens – 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11590.

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